The first week of April has been a wild one for the Kansas City Shock with the announcing of their schedule, releasing season tickets, and adding new players to the roster. The Shock announced that they had signed Ashley Maxwell, J’Vonelle Simpson, and Juneille Watkins. All played college soccer at Park University, here in Kansas City.
Ashley Maxwell started playing soccer at a very young age and had some standout seasons at Park Hill High School. After her successful high school career, Maxwell committed to play at Park University.
Maxwell was named the MCAC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 as well as a Third Team All-American, in her freshman year at Park. She ended her freshman season with 13 goals and six assists.
Things continued to improve for Maxwell and in 2009, she received the Honorable Mention for the All-AMC, and the American Midwest Conference with 16 goals and four assists. During her sophomore year she had seven multiple goal-scoring games including three hat-tricks.
Maxwell received even more honorable mentions and awards in her junior, 2010 season. She was named the AMC Player of the Year and an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. She also lead Park University and the conference with 22 goals, six assists and producing five game-winning goals. Maxwell finished her senior season at Park with 13 goals and received the All-Conference Award.
J’Vonelle Simpson was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Simpson played for the Jamaican 17U and 20U National Teams and came to America in 2009 on a Full Athletic Scholarship to Park. Simpson has played three years with Park and is finishing up her senior year this season.
Simpson played at Camperdown High School from 2002 – 2009, where she held captaincy from 2007-2009. She was awarded the most valuable player in 2008 and 2009 and was soccer woman of the year 2008 for her high school.
After graduating high school, Simpson played for the Jamaica Football
Women’s Program in the 2008 U-20 World Cup qualifier in 2008 in Puebla, Mexico.
Simpson also has experienced playing with three Jamaican Premier League teams, including time with the Brown’s Town Dynamos. She played with the Brown’s Town Dynamos at the age of 13 and received the Rookie of the Year award for her outstanding efforts on the pitch. In 2005 she transferred to Harbour View Football Club where she played for four years, starting at defender. Finally in 2010, Simpson moved to Waterhouse Football Club and played as a starting defender for the first half of the season before having to return to the States for school.
In college, Simpson was named the American Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 18 2010. She was the AMC Academic All-Conference selection 2010, 2011 and 2012. Throughout her seasons at Park, Simpson played in a total of 73 matches and finished her time as an American Midwest Conference First team all-conference in 2012.
Juneille Watkins was the third signee announced on Wednesday. Watkins is also from Kingston, Jamaica and formerly played for the Jamacain U-20 National team as a forward and attacking midfielder. In 2008, at St. Hughes High School in Kingston, Watkins’ and her team placed 2nd at the ISSA Malta School Girl’s Football Championship.
Watkins went from starting two games, in her Freshman year, to playing in all 18, and then starting 18 out of the 19 games for the following two seasons. Her 2011 season as a junior saw her scoring six goals and 10 assists for Park, fourth on the team. Watkins played for Park University starting in 2009 and every year from 2009 to 2012, Watkins was awarded the NAIA Women’s Soccer AMC First Team All-Conference award.
Along with the three signings, the Kansas City Shock announced their 2013 season schedule. They will play an exhibition game before the start of their season (date and team still unannounced) and the schedule features:
- May 25: 2 pm Home – Fire and Ice FC
- May 26: 7pm Home – Des Moines Menace
- June 8: 6pm @ Quad City Eagles (Moline, IL)
- June 9: 4:30 @ Des Moines Menace (Des Moines, IA)
- June 22: 5 pm Home – St. Louis Defenders
- June 23: 2 pm Home – Quad City Eagles
- July 6: 7 pm @ Fire and Ice FC (Belleville, IL)
- July 7: 2 pm @ St. Louis Defenders (St. Louis, MO)
Season tickets are available at www.kansascityshock.com and are 50$. KC Sports Journalism will be giving out two tickets to every home game, on request, and more post will continue to come as announced.